Molding Plane - warped to useful

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Project by Oldtool posted 02-08-2020 12:22 AM 1504 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received this beading plane as part of a package deal, it came with the wedge and iron, but it had no boxing and was unusable in it’s condition. As I have quite a few good beading planes, I decided to experiment with it and figured I had nothing to loose.

This was my first experience with steam bending, and I wasn’t concerned with an adverse outcome should I somehow destroy the tool.

Picture 1 shows the final outcome, a viable beading plane that will be a “user”, but more importantly I’ve determined I can save a few other planes in the same condition – warped.

The other pictures show: how warped it looked from the heal, how warped the maple boxing I made contoured to the plane, how warped the body is compared to a ruler, my “steam box”, and the clamp-up after steaming.

My steam machine was a roaster set to 450 Degrees, I left the “soup” to boil for an hour and a half, with the plane setting on a wire rack to keep it out of the water. The wire rack was a dollar store napkin holder:

The clamp up was between two 2X4’s, with plastic card shims to over bend and help avoid what is referred to as spring back when the clamps are removed. I let it cool for 24 hours just to play safe. The shims are the leftover gift cards, old AAA member cards, AARP cards received in the junk mail, etc.

Final result, a useful plane with nice straight boxing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 02-08-2020 12:43 AM

What a heck of a save – probably couldn’t have done it without the dollar store and junk mail

Seriously – darn nice work and planning

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-08-2020 12:54 AM

That’s using your head.
Glad it worked out.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 02-08-2020 01:07 AM

I see you did a good work on this one, congratulations job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 02-08-2020 01:40 AM

Nice experiment. It’s always fun when experiments work out.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-08-2020 03:38 AM

Nice save!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 02-08-2020 07:37 AM

Well done. So glad it worked out for you…and the tool!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 02-08-2020 09:41 AM

Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 02-08-2020 04:44 PM

Great creative save,well done.


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